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Student Internship Spotlight: Ivan Lopez Justiniano

This summer, second year MHR student Ivan Lopez Justiniano interned at Minneapolis-based Global Rights for Women and supported a research project for HRP Program Director Barbara Frey's project, the Observatory on Disappearances in Mexico. During his busy summer, these roles opened Ivan's eyes to the types of organizations he plans to focus on during his post-graduate job search. Learn more about the new skills and insights Ivan gained from his summer work in this piece.
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Student Research Spotlight: J. Wren Supak

Second year MHR student and visual artist J. Wren Supak is seeking new ways to merge her expertise in the arts and human rights. This summer, she had the opportunity to take this research to Colombia. Through collaborating with theater groups and Colombian artists, Wren sought to understand how theater could act as a vehicle to peace and a means of trauma negotiation for conflict survivors. Read more about Wren's experience here.
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Student Internship Spotlight: Alli Strong

Alli Strong, a second year Master of Human Rights student, spent her summer in Eugene, Oregon, interning for Mobility International, USA. During her rich experience, Alli learned about how to apply human rights advocacy tactics to disability rights work and exercised her evaluation skills. Read Alli's internship spotlight to learn more about her experiences working both behind the scenes and directly with Mobility International, USA clients.
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Professor and HRI Grantee Lisa Hilbink Visits Sao Paulo University to Discuss Work...

Professor and HRI Grantee Lisa Hilbink recently traveled to Brazil to discuss her work on the role of the judiciary's role in Chile. However, when less than a week before her scheduled arrival Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil's presidential election, she questioned whether it was still the appropriate moment to come discuss her work. When she asked her contacts at Sao Paulo University their thoughts on postponing, she received a surprising response that led to the trip of a lifetime. Read about Professor Hilbink's transformative visit to Brazil here.
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This year's Scallen Lecture "Principled Voices" Series featured...

This year's Scallen Lecture "Principled Voices" Series focused on "Protecting the Press in Myanmar (Burma)." Expert panelists spoke on current risks to freedom of the press and expression in Myanmar, potential future developments, and how international actors and Myanmar political officials should respond. Read more about the panelists' analysis and insights on protecting Myanmar's press freedom.
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Interdisciplinary Innovations in Human Rights Research Presented at the Human...

Students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered to hear the latest in innovative, interdisciplinary research focused on promoting human rights at this year's Human Rights Initiative. With work spanning the globe from El Salvador to Sri Lanka, HRI research grantees shared their latest findings and hopes for future work with the crowd. Check out this article for more details.
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Student Internship Spotlight: Maryam Ahmed

Second year MHR student Maryam Ahmed spent her summer interning for African Development Solutions (ADESO) in Nairobi, Kenya, with support from a Human Rights Program Fellowship. During her time with ADESO, she dove into researching the links between international development and human rights, as well as understanding the inner-workings of development non-profit at the ground level. Read more about her transformative experience in her internship spotlight.
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Summer 2019 Human Rights Internship Positions are Open for Applications

The Human Rights Program and Master of Human Rights Program are excited to announce our Human Rights Internship Positions for Summer 2019. Positions are available to any student pursuing a Master of Human Rights or a Graduate Minor in Human Rights. These internships offer exciting opportunities to live and work in Washington D.C. with one of two incredible human rights organizations: Amnesty International, USA and Refugees International. Check them out here!
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The 2018 Human Rights Lab Conference Leverages Multiple Disciplines to Examine...

This fall, faculty and graduate students shared the findings from their research at the Human Rights Lab Conference. Funded by the University’s Grand Challenges initiative, the Lab facilitates interdisciplinary knowledge production targeted at improving human rights, and building the capacity of human rights defenders around the world. The Lab supports graduate students working with faculty on human rights projects. Read more about this year's conference, "Institutionalizing Accountability," and see compelling photos from the event.
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Student Internship Spotlight: Ana Vergara

This summer, Human Rights Master student Ana Vergara interned as a Refugee Campaigner at Amnesty International in Washington D.C. Funded by a fellowship from the Human Rights Program, Ana says that this internship experience was the best internship she has ever had. Learn more about her work on family separation issues and supporting Hollywood actors and producers in incorporating more diverse voices into their shows and films.
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Student Internship Spotlight: Julia Wilber and Hayley Drozdowski

MPP/MSW and human rights minor student Julia Wilber and MHR student Hayley Drozdowski both interned at Refugees International (RI) in Washington D.C. this summer. Hayley also worked remotely as a research intern for the International Rescue Committee. Thanks in part to generous funds from the Human Rights Program, both students engaged in interesting and challenging projects related to topics like the U.S. Southwest border, the Rohingya crisis, refugee resettlement, amongst others. They also got the chance to work closely with former Humphrey Dean and current RI President, Eric Schwartz. Read more about their exciting summers in this piece.
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HRI Research Symposium Presenter Spotlight: Sonja Kuftinec and Avigail Manneberg

“A Contested Home,” a project headed by Human Rights Initiative grantees Avigail Manneberg and Sonja Kuftinec, engages themes of forced migration and displacement in the Galilee. Working with Jewish and Palestinian self-identified artists, the project explores issues of forced migration and displacement related to formal human rights of recognition and the more nebulous right to memory, to having an individual and communal story acknowledged. At the HRI Research Symposium, their presentation will offer work-in-progress results from a July workshop in which Jewish residents of Ya’ad grappled artistically and personally with local Palestinian testimonies.
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Student Internship Spotlight: Shelby Ankrom

Human Rights Masters student Shelby Ankrom put her learning from Professor Barb Frey's Human Rights Advocacy course into practice during her summer internship at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). While supporting CVT's New Tactics in Human Rights program, Shelby used her knowledge from Professor Frey's course and the experience working closely with New Tactics training materials to better understand the wide variety of human rights advocacy tactics available to practitioners. In this piece, Shelby shares some of her most salient takeaways from her time at CVT and the ways in which she sees her internship as a stepping stone to future professional positions.
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Student Internship Spotlight: Fadumo Osman

MPP student Fadumo Osman has incorporated human rights scholarship into her studies through the Human Rights Minor curriculum. She was able to dig into this even more during her summer internship with UN-Habitat in Kenya in their Human Rights Mainstreaming Program. In this piece, Fadumo shares the way her role in the Housing Department of the program helped her to learn and grow into a more seasoned human rights practitioner.
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Human Rights Initiative Call For Proposals

We are excited to announce the third year of Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Research Funding for faculty research projects that are designed to advance the study and protection of human rights. The HRI calls on faculty from the University of Minnesota to submit, by October 17, 2018, one-year funding proposals for grants between $10,000 and $50,000 that promote the scholarly and artistic activities of the faculty and their graduate students and that foster academic excellence in the field of human rights at the global and local levels.